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Hundreds of Pikachu march through Japan for Pokemon parade

By Daniel Uria
Hundreds of Pikachu march through Japan for Pokemon parade
Pikachu, the popular mascot of the Pokemon franchise, invaded the streets of Japan for weeklong event known as "Pikachu Outbreak." Screen capture/Kyodo News Plus/YouTube

Aug. 15 (UPI) -- Japan was infested with giant yellow mice, as hundreds of Pikachu took to the street to celebrate the popular Pokemon franchise.

The Yokohama Minato Mirai area of Japan was filled with the iconic Pokemon mascot for a weeklong event known as "Pikachu Outbreak."

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"This year, lots of Pikachu will appear for various parades and shows all over the area, but they are also expected to be in the sky and water!" the event's website states. "Have an electrifying summer together with over 1,500 Pikachu!"

More than 100 Pikachu marched down Nihon-oodori Boulevard for the massive Pikachu Carnival Parade on Sunday.

Smaller parades also took place during the week, as shops and landmarks were filled with Pikachu models and merchandise.

A massive 55-foot long Pikachu blimp could be seen flying over a boat full of Pikachu throughout the week.

Special events were also held for fans of the mobile game Pokemon Go, including a designated "Pokemon Go Park" for players to catch the digital creatures.

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